The Sunday Review
According to the Iran Human Rights NGO (IHRNGO), at least 326 Iranians have been killed since protests broke out two months ago.
That figure includes 43 children and 25 women, the group said in an update to its death toll on Saturday – saying that its published number represented an “absolute minimum.”
The Sunday Review is unable to verify this number independently as Iran’s non-state media and internet have all been shut down. Opposition groups, international rights organisations, journalists following the ongoing protests may have different death tolls.
Iran faces one its greatest and most unprecedented displays of dissent after Mahsa’s death. A 22-year old Kurdish Iranian woman was taken into custody by the morality police for allegedly not wearing her hijab properly.
Public anger over her death has combined with a range of grievances against the Islamic Republic’s oppressive regime to fuel the demonstrations, which continue despite law makers urging the country’s judiciary to “show no leniency” To protesters.
Despite the threat of arrests – and harsher punishments for those involved – Iranian celebrities and athletes have stepped forward to support the anti-government protests in recent weeks.
IHRNGO urged the international community not to ignore its warnings “firm and timely action” Concerned by the increasing death toll, he reiterated the need for a mechanism to address this. “hold the Islamic Republic authorities accountable for their gross violation of human rights.”
“Establishing an international investigation and accountability mechanism by the UN will both facilitate the process of holding the perpetrators accountable in the future and increase the cost of the continuous repression by the Islamic Republic,” IHRNGO director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said.
According to IHRNGO there have been 22 deaths since the protests began. The majority of deaths were reported in Sistan, Baluchistan and Tehran, Mazandaran and Kurdistan and Gilan provinces.
Iranian authorities also arrested at least 1,000 protesters in Tehran province.
According to the rights group, dozens of protesters were arrested. “security-related charges” These are at high risk of being executed.
Experts of the United Nations called for Iran’s authorities to be held accountable on Friday “to stop indicting people with charges punishable by death for participation, or alleged participation, in peaceful demonstrations” And “to stop using the death penalty as a tool to squash protests.”